Published by Ballantine Books on February 10, 1993
Genres: Historical Fiction
Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980. Celia's story mirrors the magical realism of Cuba itself, a country of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. DREAMING IN CUBAN presents a unique vision and a haunting lamentation for a past that might have been.
This was another book that I had to read for my English class last fall. I found it to be interesting, yet at times it was rather boring and I found it hard to keep interested in what I was reading. However, I think the most interesting aspect of the novel was that it was magical realism, which I hadn’t read before. It was nice to get a peak into a genre that I wasn’t very familiar with before, and it’s opened my eyes to a bunch of new books that I definitely wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.
Another great thing about this book was the multiple point of views from everyone in the family. It tells the story through a few generations, which was really interesting. I felt like I was really invested in the family and all that they were about.
If you’re looking for a quick, magical realism novel about Cuba and families, then I’d suggest giving this one a read.